Jen Steadman

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Jen Steadman

Jen Steadman was an octochamp in Series 69, was a participant in Championship of Champions XIV, and is statistically the greatest female octochamp in Countdown's history. She is also a member of Apterous and C4Countdown, and was the PR and Marketing Officer for FOCAL.

In her run, which began with the defeat of Peter Etherington on 30 August 2013, and was completed with the defeat of Ross Lander on 10 September, she broke various records. In becoming the third highest-scoring contestant in the show's history with 952 points, she became the first female to score above 900 points in her octorun, scored the highest ever score by a female with her 130 against Ian Toulson in her 4th game, and became the first woman (and only the tenth player after Julian Fell, Craig Beevers, Andrew Hulme, Eoin Monaghan, Jack Hurst, Adam Gillard, Giles Hutchings, Andy Platt and Dylan Taylor) to score 8 centuries in her 8 preliminaries. She also dropped fewer points in her preliminaries than any previous octochamp (72), scored the greatest percentage of points available to her of any player (92.97%), and is arguably the show's best letters player ([1]).

She returned to the finals as number #2 seed. Despite her record-breaking octochamp run, she failed to solve the crucial conundrum GANGLIONS and was beaten in her quarter-final match by 7-time winner Callum Todd, who went on to win the series.

In 2015, Steadman returned to the Countdown studio as a contestant in 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Series 6, Episode 6, assisting Sean Lock and Jason Manford to victory over Sarah Millican, Jonathan Ross and Roisin Conaty.

She made her second return to the studio in 2016 for Championship of Champions XIV, facing off against fellow University of Exeter alumnus George Ford in round 1, winning 126-99. In the quarter-final, Steadman once again faced Callum Todd. This time, Steadman emerged victorious and avenged her Series 69 defeat 107-85 to claim her place in the semi-finals. Relative to contestants' prior win counts, this formed the first upset of CoC XIV. In the semi-final against "Cool Dan McColm", after being level for the first six rounds, Steadman fell behind to new word ROSMARINE, but reduced the gap with another new word, MOMENTAL, in round 11. The next round however saw both contestants offering risky 8s. McColm's offering of GENIUSED was good, but Steadman's attempt of UNSIEVED was invalid. A flat round 13 and easy last numbers saw McColm avoid a crucial conundrum. Steadman solved ENIDPLATT to sign off with a score of 117, at the time the show's second-highest losing score. This confirmed her as one of five octochamps to never score under 100 points on the show, along with Dylan Taylor, Julian Fell, Craig Beevers and Jack Hurst.

Away from the studio, she was the 2017 FOCAL runner-up, coming 2nd to Rob Foster in the end-of-year finals. She hosted Co:Lon 2017, which smashed the Co-event attendance record by attracting 68 players (the previous highest was 52), and Co:Lon 2018, which maintained the high level of interest with 67 players.

Outside of Countdown, she likes Tonbridge Angels FC, travelling and buying hair accessories.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
5759 30/08/2013 P Peter Etherington 52 – 104 Jen Steadman Jonathan Edwards Susie Dent 122
5760 2/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 112 – 19 Derek Knowles Jonathan Edwards Susie Dent 120
5761 3/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 118 – 41 David Robinson Jonathan Edwards Susie Dent 121
5762 4/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 130 – 49 Ian Toulson Connie Fisher Susie Dent 132
5763 5/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 117 – 62 Ray Tate Connie Fisher Susie Dent 120
5764 6/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 126 – 36 Helen Betts Connie Fisher Susie Dent 131
5765 9/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 126 – 55 Ned French Connie Fisher Susie Dent 147
5766 10/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 119 – 82 Ross Lander Connie Fisher Susie Dent 131
5834 13/12/2013 QF Jen Steadman 105 – 108 Callum Todd Dan Walker Susie Dent 133
8-10 6-6 13/02/2015 S Jen Steadman,
Jason Manford
& Sean Lock
54 – 28 Sarah Millican,
Jonathan Ross
& Roisin Conaty
Bill Bailey Susie Dent 68
6282 8/01/2016 CP George Ford 99 – 126 Jen Steadman Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 137
6288 18/01/2016 CQF Jen Steadman 107 – 85 Callum Todd Naga Munchetty Susie Dent 125
6291 21/01/2016 CSF Jen Steadman 117 – 125 Dan McColm Naga Munchetty Susie Dent 146
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